SOCAAR is pleased to announce our next seminar in our 2014-2015 seminar series.

December 3, 2014, 3 - 4 PM
Wallberg Building, 200 College Street, Room 407

Towards understanding the burden of outdoor air pollution in Ontario: recent research

Dr. Hong Chen
Environmental Health Assessment
Public Health Ontario

Exposure to ambient air pollution is a major public health problem throughout the world, with an estimated 3.2 million premature deaths arising from this exposure globally in 2010. Air pollution epidemiologic research has played a crucial role in quantifying the global burden of air pollution and in informing policies that can yield maximal population health benefits. In recent years, the major interests in air pollution epidemiologic research have been focused on: (1) understanding the impact of air pollution on the development of major chronic diseases and (2) characterizing variation in the distribution of risk within a population (i.e., population susceptibility).
In this talk, I will first present a recent population-based cohort study that examined the effect of long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on the development of diabetes in Ontario. Next, I will show main results from another cohort study that assessed the association between long-term exposure to PM2.5 and survival after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in Ontario. Lastly, I will discuss the burden of post-AMI mortality attributed to exposure to PM2.5 in Ontario, estimated using the approach from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010.

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